Clause 27

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 3:45 pm, 15th March 2007

I beg to move amendment No. 101, in clause 27, page 14, line 8, at end add—

‘(5) In section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 (c. 19) after subsection (5) add—

“(6) If there are reasonable grounds to believe that a person has been the victim of trafficking in human beings, that person shall not be removed from the UK until the process of identifying the person as a victim of an offence has been completed.

(7) If an unaccompanied child is identified as a victim of trafficking, the Secretary of State shall—

(a) provide for representation of the child by a legal guardian, organisation or authority which shall act in the best interests of that child;

(b) take the necessary steps to establish the identity and nationality of the child;

(c) make every effort to locate the family of the child when the Secretary of State determines that this is in the best interests of the child.

(8) If an individual has been identified as a victim of trafficking the Secretary of State shall allow a recovery and reflection period of not less than 30 days. During this period it shall not be possible to enforce any expulsion order against that person. During this period, the Secretary of State shall authorise the persons concerned to stay in the UK.”’.